Serenity - A large black man chases after a young white girl. Brokeback Mountain - Two cowboys ride the range. Farenheit 451 - A fireman learns to read. A Beautiful Mind - Life story of a math whiz. King Kong - Out of work actress finds interesting pet. John Carpenter’s The Thing - ALF in the Antartic. The Omen - Family and friends deal with unruly child.
The Miracle Worker- a Yankee woman beats up a blind kid til she talks.*
The Lion in Winter- rich powerful dysfunctional family has issues at Christmas.
Gone With the Wind- selfish silly woman rebounds from Civil War by getting married a lot.
Steel Magnolias- like Barbershop but with white women.
Barber Shop- like Steel Magnolias but with black men.
Harold & Maude- weird kid on old woman in a train car action.
Titanic- Romeo & Juliet on the Titanic (supposedly how the movie was sold to the studio, incidentally).
Return of the Jedi- Empire tries that Death Star thing again. Just as successfully.
The Longest Day- John Wayne saves Europe from Nazis.
On Golden Pond- bickering old couple go to the country.
8 Mile- white guy wants to be a rapper.
Shogun- ‘Lost in Space’ meets ‘The Tempest’
The Bad Seed- Before Ritalin, there was murder.
*[SIZE=1]That was my brother-in-law’s description of it, and he was being serious! He also couldn’t remember the name of Planet of the Apes once so he asked me “What’s the name of that movie where Moses goes to the planet with the talking monkeys and they built their own statue of Liberty or whatever?”
These 2 threads now have more than 700 one-sentence reviews. Many I find laugh-out-loud funny, especially the ones for “Airplane!” and “Speed”. Others I think are dead-on, like for “Birth of a Nation”. For some, I think that the definitive review is still to be written. Hopefully my very few contributions can inspire you to do better…
Casablanca: Cafe owner ponders career change in Africa.
Diary of Anne Frank, The: Teenage girl feels stifled by her family and neighbors.
GoodFellas: Neighborhood pals learn the value of free enterprise.
Ikiru: Dying man experiences second childhood.
In the Realm of the Senses: A couple experiments with variations in lovemaking.
King Kong: Independent filmmaker hires unemployed actress for jungle adventure film.
Top Hat: Young man seeks romance in fascist Italy, despite the stringent socioeconomic controls of his girlfriend’s employer.
Z: A talky plea for peaceful co-existence.